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Our guide to readings, spoken word, and other literary events

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Actors Reading Writers: Popular local actors read modern and classic short stories. First Monday of every month, 7:30 p.m., free. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

Alan Brennert: The author reads from Don't Get Too Comfortable. Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

Alexander McCall Smith: The author reads from Akimbo and the Elephants. Wed., Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Laurel Village, 3515 California (at Locust), 221-3666.

B.K.S. Iyengar: The author reads from Light on Life. Tue., Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m., free. Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second St.), 421-4687, www.staceys.com.

Candace Bushnell: The author reads from Lipstick Jungle. Thu., Sept. 29, noon, free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Celebration of the Word: This regular event features an open mike for writers hosted by Jeanne Powell. Mondays, 7 p.m., free. Perry's Joint, 1661 Fillmore (at Post), 931-5260.

Children's Story Time: Each week children aged 3 to 7 are invited to hear stories with a natural bent. Saturdays, 11 a.m., free with museum admission, free-$7. California Academy of Sciences, 875 Howard (at Fifth St.), 750-7145, www.calacademy.org.

Dan Savage: The author reads from The Commitment. Mon., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

David Rakoff: The author reads from Don't Get Too Comfortable. Fri., Sept. 30, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Doubiago & klipschutz: An Early Evening of Poetry: Readings by Sharon Doubiago and klipschutz. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. North Beach Branch Library, 2000 Mason (at Columbus), 355-5626.

Drop-In Writer's Group: Join other writers for a read-and-critique session led by Marnie Webb. Every other Tuesday, 6 p.m., free. Laurel Book Store, 4100 MacArthur (at 38th Ave.), Oakland, 510-531-2073.

Elissa Raffa: The author reads from Freeing Vera. Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Books Inc./Castro, 2275 Market (at 16th St.), 864-6777, www.booksinc.net.

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Book Discussion Group: A book discussion group; open to all. Call for information. Fourth Wednesday of every month, 7:30 p.m., 355-5616. Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library, 3555 16th St. (at Market), 554-9445.

Family Story Times: Parents and kids ages 2 to 6 are read to at various library branches. Daily, free, www.sfpl.org. Multiple locations, multiple addresses within San Francisco.

First Sundays Queer Fiction Book of the Month Group: Each month the readers tackle a different queer book and discuss it at the next meeting. First Sunday of every month, 4 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Friday Night Poetry at the Yak: Spoken word, open mike, and acoustic music are the fare at this regular event. Fridays, 7:30 p.m., free. Yakkety Yak Coffeehouse, 679 Sutter (at Taylor), 351-2090.

GenderEnders: Monthly series of spoken word/music events where the performers are cheerfully queer and the audience is even more so. First Tuesday of every month, 8:30 p.m., $4-$7. Cherry Bar & Lounge, 917 Folsom (at Fifth St.), 974-1585, www.thecherrybar.com.

Helen Cooper: The author reads from A Pipkin of Pepper. Tue., Oct. 4, 3 p.m., free. Books Inc./Alameda, 1344 Park Street, Alameda, 510-522-2226, www.booksinc.net.

Jacquelynn Baas: The author reads from Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today. Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Jim Lynch: The author reads from The Highest Tide. Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Telegraph, 2454 Telegraph (at Haste), Berkeley, 510-845-7852.

Kathy Gannon: Kathy Gannon and the Honorable Swanee Hunt read and talk about the war in Afghanistan. Wed., Sept. 28, 6 p.m., free-$15. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter (at Grant), 293-4600, www.itsyourworld.org.

K.M. Soehnlein: The author reads from You Can Say You Knew Me When. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

K'vetsch: A regular queer open mike hosted by Tara Jepsen and Lynn Breedlove. Sign-up begins at 7:30. First Sunday of every month, 8 p.m., free. Sadie's Flying Elephant, 491 Potrero (at Mariposa), 551-7988.

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald: The author reads from Looking Like the Enemy. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage: The authors read from Chocolate Obsession: A Cookbook for Your Cravings. Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., free. Book Passage, Ferry Building (Embarcadero & Market), 835-1020, www.bookpassage.com.

Open-Mike Fridays: Authors are invited to read from their work at this regular open-mike event. Fridays, 8 p.m., free. Cafe International, 508 Haight (at Fillmore), 552-7390.

Paul Anderson: The author reads from Hunger's Brides: A Novel of the Baroque. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. Cody's Books/Fourth Street, 1730 Fourth St. (at Virginia), Berkeley, 510-559-9500.

Poetry and Pizza: Your donation gives you license to attack an all-you-can-eat buffet of thin-crust New York-style pizza as you dig the work of local bards. Last Friday of every month, 7:30 p.m., $5, www.poetryandpizza.homestead.com. Escape From New York Pizza, 333 Bush (at Kearny), 421-0700.

Queer Open Mic: Queer spoken-word artists and writers read from their work twice monthly at the center's Three Dollar Bill Café. Second and Fourth Friday of every month, 8 p.m., $1-$3. SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market (at Octavia), 865-5555.

Retool and Grind: Monthly open mike for musicians, poets, dancers, and others with a yen to command the stage for five minutes at a time. FTMs and those who love 'em are the staple performers. Last Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m., free. Eros, 2051 Market (at Church), 864-3767, www.erossf.com.

Richard Hell: The author and cult icon reads from Godlike: A Novel. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway), 362-8193, www.citylights.com.

Richard N. Haass: The author reads from America's Opportunity to Alter History's Course. Thu., Sept. 29, 6 p.m., free-$15. World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter (at Grant), 293-4600, www.itsyourworld.org.

Robert Hicks: The author reads from The Widow of the South. Thu., Sept. 29, 7 p.m., free. A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, 601 Van Ness (at Golden Gate), 441-6670, www.bookstore.com.

Robert Pinsky: The poet in conversation with Geoff Nunberg. Wed., Sept. 28, 8 p.m., $18.50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

Salman Rushdie: A talk, discussion, and booksigning with the author as part of Writers With Drinks 2005. Tue., Oct. 4, 6:15 p.m., $40-$50. Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at Ellsworth), Berkeley, 510-843-4822.

San Francisco Literary Walking Tour: A two-hour meander through North Beach and Chinatown to look at the apartment buildings, cafes, bookstores, and bars frequented by famous writers of the past. Meet at City Lights, 261 Columbus (at Broadway). Saturdays, noon, $25, 441-0140.

Story Time in the Library: Kids aged 4 to 8 are encouraged to sit back and hear stories about nature and science. First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.; Third Sunday of every month, 10:30 a.m., free. San Francisco Botanical Garden, Ninth Ave. & Lincoln Way (Golden Gate Park), 661-1316.

Sundays at Cafe Prague: Each week a featured reader presents his or her work, after which the mike is open to others who wish to read; all potential readers must arrive by 4 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m., free. Cafe Prague, 584 Pacific (at Columbus), 433-3811.

Toni Mirosevich: The author reads from My Oblique Strategies. Thu., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

Tuesday at Pat's Cafe Reading Series: Each weekly formal reading is followed by an open-mike session for fledgling writers. Tuesdays, 7 p.m., free. Pat's Cafe, 2330 Taylor (at Columbus), 905-8837.

Ursula Steck: The author reads from The Next World. Tue., Oct. 4, 7 p.m., free. A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro (at 18th St.), 431-0891.

Violet Blue: The authors of Best Sex Writing 2005 read from the book. Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., free. Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia (at 20th St.), 282-9246, www.mtbs.com.

The Vowel Movement: A monthly all-ages beatboxing event hosted by Kid Beyond and Tim Barsky. First Tuesday of every month, $7-$15. Studio Z, 314 11th St. (at Folsom), 252-7666, www.studioz.tv.

Weekly Open-Mike/Talent Showcase: Poets, musicians, and comics are invited to step right up and present their act to a waiting audience. All present are also eligible to win four free hours of studio recording time. Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., free. The Canvas Cafe and Gallery, 1200 Ninth Ave. (at Lincoln), 504-0060, www.thecanvasgallery.com.

Word Beat Reading Series: Readings are followed by an open mike hosted by David Gollub, Debra Grace Khattab, and Jeremy Morris Siegel. Thursdays, 7 p.m., free. Mediterraneum Caffe, 2475 Telegraph Ave. (at Dwight), Berkeley, 510-549-1128.

Zadie Smith: The author in conversation with Isabel Duffy. Tue., Oct. 4, 8 p.m., $18.50. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness (at Grove), 392-4400.

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